Stegall's TD will be etched in CFL lore

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

It will go down as one of the most exhilarating moments in Manitoba sports history.

On the last play of the CFL game in Edmonton early Friday morning, Blue Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn completed a dramatic 100-yard touchdown pass to veteran slotback Milt Stegall to give Winnipeg a 25-22 come-from-behind victory over the Eskimos.

"That was a play that will forever live in the hearts of fans of the Blue Bombers, that's for sure," Winnipeg kicker Troy Westwood said in the jubilant dressing room after the match. "It was absolute euphoria.

"What a great game for the CFL."

On the previous possession, Glenn had just fumbled the ball away and Edmonton converted the turnover into a touchdown to take a 22-19 lead -- with 15 seconds left. Then came the Milton Miracle at Commonwealth.

'MOST BIZZARE THING'

"I was a little disgruntled (over the fumble), then it was the most bizarre thing I've seen in my life," said Bombers GM Brendan Taman, who watched the game on TV. "It was mind-boggling, really. Your emotions go from one end of the spectrum to the other in 15 seconds. I was agitated, then basically in shock.

"I can't recall seeing anything like that in any league in my life. Yogi Berra will be happy. That truism that it's never over until it's over never meant much to me until now."

The players were simply incredulous.

"Amazing! It was such an emotional roller-coaster," said defensive end Tom Canada. "I've been playing football for a while and I've never seen anything like that happen. I don't know what to say about it. I'm just ecstatic. That was awesome, what can I say?

"We knew it was going to be a tough game for us and to come in and do what we did and finish the way we finished, it means something special. It's a foreshadowing of what's to come with this team."

Bomber head coach Doug Berry was so excited that he ran down the sidelines as Stegall was racing for the end zone.

"The high and the low of the emotions is just unbelievable," he said. "I know I've felt some extreme highs and lows and this one here, because it's the latest, is the one that I'll probably always remember.

"I told these guys, 'You can have faith in each other; you can believe until the last play of the game because every one of you just witnessed it. It's gonna happen. Just keep believing and have that faith.'"

Funny thing was, Berry was just hoping to move the ball into field goal range.

"I don't know what to compare it to," Glenn said.

"Milt Stegall caught it so I know it will go down as a classic so I'm just happy I was on the other end of throwing it."

Stegall broke a weak attempt at a tackle before racing downfield.

"I've been playing football since I was four years old and I've never seen that," Stegall told a media throng.

"We just keep fighting.

"That game right there was the most exciting game I've been involved with in my life."

Middle linebacker Barrin Simpson summed it all up.

"The craziest emotions were in the last 50 seconds of the game, wow!" he exclaimed, laughing. "The last play of the game, it's never over in the CFL ... That was, that was ... wow!"


Videos

Photos